International Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences

Prepare for your master's degree in a wide range of subjects including international development, politics and education.

You will develop your study skills, subject knowledge and English language in preparation for postgraduate study.

Why apply for the International Graduate Diploma programme?

  • An offer of a place on a designated postgraduate programme at UEA (subject to meeting the specified entry requirements).
  • Full university status on a quality-assured, UEA-validated programme.
  • High contact hours and small class sizes.

Course options

We also offer the International Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences with Pre-sessional English course which combines the International Graduate Diploma with one term of English on a single CAS.


What is special about this programme?

The International Graduate Diploma combines intensive academic study, English language, and study skills development:

  • interactive lectures from experienced academic faculty who have worked in various international organisations including the United Nations
  • the chance to improve your group leadership and presentation skills
  • an introduction to research skills and full preparation for writing a postgraduate dissertation

You will receive guidance on personal and academic issues, including the next steps in your studies and career.

We also have an International Progression team who will help with your application to the University of East Anglia.

Who should apply for the International Graduate Diploma programme?

The International Graduate Diploma is suitable for international students who need an introduction to the study of a subject in preparation to study it at postgraduate level, or to upgrade qualifications if you have studied a 3 year diploma in a relevant subject.

The International Graduate Diploma is also suitable for those that want to increase or update their subject knowledge or those that need to improve their English language study skills within the context of their chosen subject.

What will I study?

You will study the following modules:

Applied Research Skills and Research Project

This module provides a basic understanding of the nature of enquiry, developing your ability to access and analyse information.

A large part of the module will involve analysing and interpreting existing data from various fields of research. You will also be introduced to the theoretical and practical differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods and will explore other research methodologies.

Academic content will be accompanied by skills-based and example-led teaching across terms one and two. You will make relevant enquiries into your topic of interest and follow up the enquiry with an independent research project in term three.
English Language and Communication Skills The aim of this module is to develop English skills to the level required for postgraduate study at UEA.

Relating to your chosen pathway, you will improve your grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as academic abilities in written work, delivering presentations and debating.
Contemporary World Issues This specialised module provides a basic understanding of world issues.

The module takes a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary world issues and you will be introduced to the concepts and vocabulary that underlie the study of the social sciences in general.

Among current questions for examination are: the basic approaches towards change and transformation; globalisation; political systems; democratisation; approaches to development; terrorism; regionalisation; and the growth of supranational organisations.

International Political Economy

The module in International Political Economy introduces you to the interplay of wealth and power and approaches to the dynamics of the global economy.

This module looks at the evolution of the global economy as well as how to engage with the principal theories of global economics. Key issues that you will explore are: economic globalisation; global inequalities; international trade and the division of labour; debt; and development.

This module exposes you to the foundations and major concepts of global economics as preparation for postgraduate studies in political, social and international studies, as well as in international development.
Social and Cultural Studies This module addresses issues in social and cultural studies and provides you with the basic tools for the understanding and analysis of societies.

You are exposed to issues relevant to modern societies and will become aware of the key factors and influences that shape society and, indeed, are shaped by society. In this way you will begin to more fully understand the world that immediately surrounds you.

As well as giving you knowledge of UK society the module also takes a global approach, introducing you to the academic skills of social scientists, and exposing you to sociological theories.

This module also addresses issues of importance to the understanding of societies, including social divisions, families, work, the media, crime and the concepts of knowledge and power, both political and social.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is a combination of formal examinations and assessed coursework. You will have to carry out an independent research project, which will be assessed by the final written version as well as an accompanying presentation.

Your English language and pathway subject process will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework, including:

  • written assignment
  • practical exercises
  • group and individual
  • research projects
  • presentations
  • problem-solving exercises

Grades from the International Graduate Diploma programme do not count towards your final degree, but help the University determine whether you meet the specified progression grades for direct entry to your chosen degree programme.

How do I qualify?

Academic requirements:

Pass in an undergraduate degree in any academic subject (as approved by INTO UEA).


Diploma (3-5 years) with high grades in any academic subject (as approved by INTO UEA).

For information about country-specific entry requirements please contact us.

English requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all subskills) or equivalent.

The Centre also accepts other Secure English Language Tests (SELTS) for this course. Read more about SELTS or contact us for more details.

If you do not meet the minimum English language entry requirements, you can apply for English for University Study.

Age: 18 years and above.

Applicants aiming for the MA in Development Economics or MSc Impact Evaluation for International Development will require a background in economics and a conditional offer from the School of International Development prior to entry to the International Graduate Diploma programme.

Applicants aiming for either the master's in Cultural Heritage and International Development must also satisfactorily complete an interview at the School of Art History and World Art Studies.

Applicants aiming for the MA in Maths Education will require some background in mathematics.

Applicants aiming for a master's in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning will need to complete an interview.

When can I start?

Start date Term dates Fees
September 2016 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 26 Sep 2016 - Fri 16 Dec 2016
Term 2: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 24 Mar 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Apr 2017 - Fri 02 Jun 2017
January 2017 start
(3 terms)
Term 1: Mon 09 Jan 2017 - Fri 31 Mar 2017
Term 2: Mon 10 Apr 2017 - Fri 30 Jun 2017
Term 3: Mon 10 Jul 2017 - Fri 25 Aug 2017

Tuition fees

Tuition fees include access to the virtual learning environment; library, internet and IT services; exam fees; and field trips and course-related excursions.

Tuition fees do not include:

  • enrolment fee: an additional charge of £150 per academic programme (to be charged upon confirmation)
  • textbooks and other learning materials: an additional charge in the region of £200 per academic course (three term)
  • accommodation is not included in the fees: view our accommodation options

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.